Tom Atlee: Conscious Evolution articles


Richard Moore

Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 22:16:25 -0700
From: Tom Atlee <•••@••.•••>
Subject: A page of co-intelligent evolutionary article links

Conscious Evolution

Evolution is happening right now in and around us. It is influenced 
by all that we do and don't do, and all that we are and are not. 
Whether we are aware of it or not, we have a lot to do with how 
evolution unfolds, especially right here on Earth.

Recent offspring in life's 13.7 billion years of cosmic, planetary, 
biological and social evolution, we are on the leading edge of the 
evolutionary process. We share that emergent edge with everything 
else in the universe. (From an evolutionary perspective, "everything 
else in the universe" is actually better described by that 
scientifically accurate Native American phrase "all our relations.")

Evolution has given us a special kind of consciousness, one that 
creates -- and is thoroughly conditioned by -- our languages, 
cultures, stories, and built environments. This consciousness and its 
companion social systems and technologies have awesome power to shape 
the world. We are just beginning to grow into a mature way of 
manifesting it in the world.

Part of that maturing process is learning the dynamics through which 
evolution does its transformational work. Understanding those 
dynamics, we can apply them -- intentionally and wisely -- to 
transform ourselves and our social systems.

To the extent we do this, we are evolution -- or at least one 
significant facet of it -- becoming conscious of itself. Across many 
domains of society, life and spirituality, we are in the process of 
birthing ourselves as conscious evolution.

The unconsciousness with which we have been evolving as a 
civilization is taking us rapidly toward collective extinction -- 
following in the footsteps of the vast majority of "failed 
experiments" (extinct species) in Earth's history -- and taking many 
more with us. This century's evolutionary challenge -- to become a 
civilization capable of conscious evolution -- is not only what can 
"save" us, but also one of the most significant evolutionary leaps in 
human history.

All the crises of our age are manifestations of our challenge to 
consciously evolve. Co-intelligent conversation and democracy are 
fundamental to successfully transforming these crises into 
evolutionary breakthroughs.

Those of us who are coming to understand and welcome this challenge 
are discovering new sources of inspiration and meaning in it, and 
find ourselves working in community with truly remarkable companions.

Here are articles through which you can explore this:

Something is Emerging - brief notes on conscious evolution


Learning to Be Evolution - includes 8 examples of evolutionary guidance


The Role of Conversation in Evolution

Four Dimensions of Change, and One Integration

Becoming Evolution's Conscious Weavers

Feedback, Social Power, and the Evolution of Social Systems

Democracy and the evolution of societal intelligence

Building a Wise Democracy as Crises Emerge

Crisis and Evolutionary Leverage in Philanthropy (doc) - also 
applicable to other evolutionary agentry


The Evolutionary Role of Citizen Deliberation


The Evolution of Genes and Meaning


A Movement for the Conscious Evolution of Social Systems


See also

Evolutionary Salons

  - especially Growing Together at the Emerging Edge of Evolution, Tom 
Atlee's report on the first evolutionary salon May 2005


Evolutionary Spirituality - The Great Story - the evolutionary work 
of Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow


 From Chaos to Coherence - by Peggy Holman - a model of emergence


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